|Luke 19:44 |
44 And they will level you to the ground, you and your children within you; and they will not leave one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."5
5 And they will level you to the ground, you and your children within you; and they will not leave one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation. In this verse, Jesus prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and its people, with the complete destruction of temple because Israel did not recognize His visitation of them to have been ordered by God. His prophecy was fulfilled as described below:
The end of the Jewish Kingdom was in 70 A.D. In the first of several Jewish rebellions against Rome, most of the Jews were massacred and the temple in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Roman Prince, Titus, in 70 AD. Titus, who later became emperor of Rome, was the son of the Emperor Vespasian. Josephus, a first century historian, wrote that 1.1 million Jews died and hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country and into exile and slavery. The severity of Rome's destruction of Israel stemmed from The Great Revolt of the Jews against the Roman Empire in which Jewish rebels defeated the XII Roman Legion, killing 6,000 Roman troops and wounding many more — it was one of the worst defeats in Roman history, a humiliating defeat by a Jewish rag-tag group of rebels, and with loss of the legion's aquilla or Eagle, (Rome's standard); and because the Eagle symbolized Rome, (Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost), Rome was insulted, shocked, outraged, and resolved to inflict severe retribution on the Jews.
In a later Jewish rebellion against Rome in135 A.D., the Roman Emperor Hadrian further destroyed Jerusalem and Israel. Cassius Dio, a second century historian, counted 580,000 Jews killed, 50 fortified towns and 985 villages destroyed, and all the remaining Jews exiled to countries throughout the Roman Empire and eventually scattered and re-scattered throughout the world.
And every man has a day of visitation from the Spirit of God, gently pleading with him to change his ways. And if man doesn't respond, the Spirit of God ignores him; and his temple is to be torn down similarly.